Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
Posted on 03/12/2021

To the benefit of USD 305 students, Salina’s Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (YEC) fluidly adapted to COVID-19 constraints. As in past years, YEC presented students with hands-on experience thinking entrepreneurially.

In place of an in-person “Shark Tank” experience this year, students completed their projects and uploaded them to a virtual site for judges to evaluate. Each team was required to produce a video about their projects, replacing the live presentation requirement in years past.

Both Central and South high school students generated their best creative ideas to develop a mock business. Working individually or with business partners, students built a budget, created a business plan and video presentation. Judges arranged by the Salina Chamber of Commerce evaluated the projects virtually. 

First Place Winner: Mason Bettles, grade 11, South High School, Business Name: Bettles Mobil Detailing, Teacher: Orlando Carmona

Mason Bettles graphic

Second Place Winners (tied):

  • Adia Peck, grade 9, Central High School, Business Name: Donkey Doo, Teacher: Marysa McCartney

    Adia Peck graphic

  • Haley Petty, grade 10 Central High School, Business Name: Larger Clothing, Teacher: Kelley Jones

    Haley Petty graphic

Third Place Winner:

  • Janae Montoya, grade 9, Central High School, Business Name: Release The Hounds Inc., Teacher: Marysa McCartney

    Janae Montoya graphic

Salina USD 305, NetWork Kansas and the Salina Chamber of Commerce collaborate to make this available to Salina students. It is another opportunity for students to learn about career pathways they may not have considered, including becoming an entrepreneur.